Business of Entertainment - EXPLO
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

A Behind the Scenes Look at Your Future Career

Since 1976 EXPLO has
reached 75,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

Teaching +

Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

The Yale

Walk the halls that housed past Presidents. View a Van Gogh on your way to class. Experience what it’s like being a student on one of the preeminent university campuses in the world. When you come to EXPLO, you come to Yale.

  • Course Highlight: Budgeting Tactics

    Financial literacy might be one of the most important skills you will gain if you want to get into show biz. After studio, performance, lighting, and travel expenses, find out what sort of profit you're bringing in.

  • Trip Highlight: Tanglewood Theater

    Be a part of a New England tradition and head to the summer music academy of Tanglewood. Listen to emerging professionals in the entertainment industry discuss its changing landscape.

  • Course Highlight: Rating Analysis

    Interpret Nielsen ratings and use that data to create a mock fall lineup for your popular television network — what makes the comedy slate? Who gets the lead-in slot before top-rated “Big Bang Theory,” or what can keep viewers in front of the screen on Friday nights?

  • Trip Highlight: MLB Advanced Media

    Visit the MLB Advanced Media headquarters in NYC and learn about the current state of digital media production for Major League Baseball, streaming services for HBO, ESPN, and the PGA, and the Playstation VUE platform from MLBAM executives and social media team.

  • Campus Highlight: Alexander Calder

    During lunch, hang out with friends at Yale Commons, which houses an extensive collection of outdoor sculptures by famous artists; one of which is Alexander Calder, whose work stretches to the MOMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.

  • Program Advisor: Jessica Hecht

    Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht (Sideways, “Seinfeld,” Dan in Real Life) meets with Business of Entertainment students at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where she shared her experiences as an actress on stage and screen. Students later took in her performance in “The Clean House.”

  • Trip Highlight: Red Sky Studios

    Quiet on the set! Travel to Boston's Red Sky Studios, featuring the latest technology for film and tv productions.

  • Main Event: Irrelephant!

    Head out to the Old Campus Quad for a night of Top 40 singalongs performed by Irrelephant!, a band imbedded in New England’s local music scene.

  • Course Highlight: Marketing Tactics

    Want to develop a social media strategy to build buzz around the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Brand a world tour? Manage the press room in a celebrity crisis? Practice crisis-aversion problem-solving that appeals to product and consumer.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

Since 1976 EXPLO has
reached 75,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

Starting out in the entertainment industry, I didn’t have any clue what I was doing! The industry’s always changing and constantly evolving; you need the skills and the passion just to keep up with it. The most creative, fun and inspiring people work here and it is an honor to be around such a talented group. I can honestly say I learn something new each and every day.

Say Hello!

For many families, attending an Info Meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

Program Dates

  • Session Two July 15 – July 28, 2018 Residential